|Washington State Senate District 38|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Washington|
Harper earned a BA in political science from the University of Washington and a JD from Seattle University. His background is in land use and housing policy, and he worked as an attorney before being elected to the Senate. He was the Legislative Director for the Snohomish County-Camano Island Association of Realtors, and currently serves as the Snohomish County Conservation Director of the Cascade Land Conservancy.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Human Services & Corrections|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:
|Washington Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Early Learning & K-12 Education, Vice-chair|
|• Judiciary, Vice-chair|
|• Human Services & Corrections|
- See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010
Harper's opponent in the August 17 primary was incumbent Jean Berkey. Harper defeated incumbent Jean Berkey in the District 38 primary on August 17 by a margin of 7,133-6,547. Rod Rieger (Conservative) was the other candidate to advance out of the primary. Harper defeated Rieger in the general election on November 2.
Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Harper was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator. 
|Washington State Senate, District 38 General Election (2010)|
|Nick Harper (D)||22,089||59.73%|
|Rod Rieger (R)||14,892||40.27%|
|Washington State Senate, District 38 Primary (2010)|
|Nick Harper (D)||7,193||35.09%|
|Jean Berkey (D)||6,591||32.16 %|
In 2010, when Harper was first elected to the Senate, he collected $105,792 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Washington State Trial Lawyer Association||$2,400|
|18 individuals and groups||$1,600 each|
|SEIU Healthcare 775 NW||$1,300|
- See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List
The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator. 
Harper proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $1.52 billion, the 9th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.
Harper lives with his wife, Lacey, in Everett, Washington.
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- Harper's official campaign website
- Nick Harper on the Washington State Senate website
- Nick Harper's biography on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Nick Harper on Facebook
- Washington Legislature Official primary results SOS
- Washington Legislature Official General Election Results
- Follow the Money.org, Nick Harper candidate summary, Retrieved June 8, 2011
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 Big Spender List
- Freedom Foundation's 2012 list of Washington state senators by proposed new taxes and fees
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